Collard greens are a late Southern crop, so they're simple to find in winter.
Beans, like greens, represent coins. Southerners make Hoppin' John, a lucky New Year's Eve dish, with beans, rice, and bacon.
Combining black-eyed peas, greens, and cornbread on your New Year's meal may bring you luck.
Slurping these noodles is part of the tradition because breaking or chewing them ends the luck from this New Year's Day supper.
Spanish New Year's Eve custom is to eat a grape for each midnight, representing a new calendar page.
Pigs travel forward when they eat, making pork lucky on New Year's Day. They are also fat, signifying a hefty wallet next year.
Make pomegranate crostini for your New Year's celebration or put yours in a plastic bag to avoid a mess.